Lexy Halladay crossed the finish line first so often during her freshman season at Mountain View High that it’s easier to keep track of her losses than her wins.
Only twice during the 2017 outdoor track and field season has Halladay tasted defeat, and one of those losses was the result of a fall on the back stretch in the 800-meter state final, after which she worked her way from dead last to fourth.
She has a chance to make up for the other loss this week.
Halladay will compete in the invitation-only adidas Girls’ Dream Mile on Friday at Dilboy Memorial Stadium in Somerville, Mass., as part of the Boost Boston Games. The race is scheduled to begin at 4:47 p.m. Mountain time.
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“I’m super-excited. It’s always just a great experience going against other super-fast people,” Halladay said. “Especially in these types of races, when you get to the race, it’s race time, but before and after, you get to actually talk and meet with the other racers.
“It’s cool to get stuff from their perspective, like what you would see on Dyestat.com. It’s not just articles about them. You actually get to see and talk with them.”
The race features 12 of the fastest prep milers in the country, and Halladay is among the headliners.
Sophomore Taylor Roe of Lake Stevens, Wash., owns the nation’s leading time in the mile this season: 4 minutes, 45.97 seconds. Roe set the benchmark in a race against Halladay at the Nike/Jesuit Twilight Relays on April 28 in Portland.
Halladay crossed in 4:46.35 for the No. 2 time this season.
“This is a dream come true for Lexy, because it’s got all the fastest kids on paper, and she’s not going to have to worry about doing all the work,” Mountain View coach Tracy Harris said. “Lexy usually has to do all the work in all of her races, because she likes to go hard from the gun, and she absolutely hates losing.
“This race could be very technical and strategic, because most of those kids in that race hate losing and have not lost. They’re all used to winning. It’s going to be a crazy, exciting race.”
Other top competitors in the field include No. 3 Brie Oakley of Colorado (4:46.97) and No. 4 Allie Schadler of Arizona (4:46.98). Eight of the entrants are seniors, and Halladay is one of only two freshmen.
“I’m just going to go out and run just whatever times come and just try for a good time,” Halladay said. “If I get the time I want, it should end in good results place-wise.”
A rabbit — or pace-setter — will lead the group through the first two laps in 2:20, and Harris anticipates it will take a time of 4:40 or better to win. Rabbits are sometimes used in elite middle or long-distance races to ensure a fast time, which is exactly what Dream Mile organizers are hoping for.
“I just think with that great of a field and with the rabbit, it’s got the recipe for a super-fast time,” Harris said.
Halladay said she received her invitation to the Dream Mile — all expenses paid — about two weeks before the race.
And with a trip to Seattle for the 2017 Brooks PR Invitational on June 17 already on her calendar, the Dream Mile fit perfectly into her training routine.
“After the state meet, she took a few days, and then this week and last week we got back into it,” Harris said. “We had our last hard workout (Tuesday) on the track, and 93 degrees wasn’t very comfortable, but she’s ready.”